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CIF sets out plan to save jobs


first_imgAdvertisement A RECOVERY plan put forward by construction employers to save jobs, generate increased government revenues and kick start economic recovery has been backed by The Mid West Branch of the Construction Industry Federation.The CIF recently held an emergency meeting that brought together all of the major construction employers, including the major material suppliers, representatives of the architectural, engineering and surveying professions, major contractors and house builders.Conor O’Connell from the CIF Mid West Branch outlined the key issues contained in the recovery plan drawn up by the CIF. According to Conor O’Connell, “infrastructure spending is the key to saving jobs, increasing exchequer revenues and providing a platform for economic recovery for the Mid West region.”    “In the Mid West, construction currently employs in the region of 15,000 people directly, which is down by almost 10,000 people in two years. This does not include the thousands of people who are employed indirectly.  The sector in the Mid West also supports thousands of induced jobs in the shops, restaurants etc. where construction workers spend their wages.”  “It was agreed as part of the recovery plan that urgent action is needed within the next month to protect these existing jobs. The prospect of thousands of job losses in construction throughout the Mid West and the entire country is real unless the pipeline of projects increases.”“One of the major fears for construction employers in the Mid West relates to infrastructure spending and the possibility of further cuts in labour intensive projects arising from the upcoming budgetary measures. It is the view of the Mid West Branch that this would be the entirely wrong thing to do from the economy’s perspective resulting in increased social welfare costs and undoing any savings from upcoming budgetary measures.”“As it is, 75% of infrastructure spending is already committed to ongoing or contracted projects and even a minor cut in spending would mean that virtually no new projects will start over the coming months.  In addition, spending on the pre-tender design, engineering and surveying has been significantly cut meaning a reduction in ready to go projects over the coming 12 months.”Mr O’Connell said, “Now is the time for the Government to take advantage of the competitive tendering environment and to place an emphasis on labour intensity and projects that are vital for the local economy in the long term.”“The payback to the state will be immediate. Research shows that every €100m spent on construction projects creates 1,000 jobs and generates nearly €50m for the exchequer through income, taxes and social welfare savings. Infrastructure improvements also ensure the future tax income of the economy by improving competitiveness and attracting inward investment.” Linkedin WhatsApp Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleDell to cut 100 more jobs in LimerickNext articleMan seriously injured in shooting admin Email NewsLocal NewsCIF sets out plan to save jobsBy admin – March 21, 2009 687 Facebooklast_img read more


#BREAKING Man saved in early morning Limerick river rescue


first_img#BREAKING Man saved from River in early morning rescue Golfer suffered broken leg when hit by quad bike at Rathbane Golf Club Print Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatA MAN is recovering in hospital this Thursday morning after rescue swimmers pulled him from the River Shannon during the early hours of the morning in a dramatic Limerick rescue.At 5.31am on Thursday morning, the alarm was raised at that a man was seen entering the River Shannon at Sarsfield Bridge.Emergency services, including three units from Limerick City Fire and Rescue, and members of the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue responded to the call.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At the same time, Limerick City Fire and Rescue launched the rescue boat FireSwift down river from its Steamboat Quay pontoon and the man, understood to be aged in his 30s, was spotted.About to go under, rescue swimmers managed to pull the man to safety and he was brought to St Michael’s slipway on O’Callaghan’s Strand where awaiting emergency paramedics treated the man.The man was then brought to University Hospital Limerick for further treatment. Previous articleDolores O’Riordan: Limerick has lost her fearless voiceNext articleArmed robbery and Limerick pensioner hit with crutch Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBreaking news#BREAKING Man saved in early morning Limerick river rescueBy Staff Reporter – January 18, 2018 2517 Twitter Steve makes magical return to Electric Picnic Facebook The Thomond Swim proves a blazing success center_img WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSLimerick City Fire and RescueRiver Shannon Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Scrap metal fire poses serious health risks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Emaillast_img read more


Junior achievement


first_imgFamilies of third-year undergraduates flocked to campus Friday and Saturday (March 2-3) for the College’s Junior Parents Weekend. The annual program, which features tours, lectures, student performances, and advice on life after Harvard, drew nearly 600 students and more than 1,500 of their guests to Cambridge this year.After a morning filled with open houses at the Office of Career Services (OCS), the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Women’s Center, and other campus hubs, parents packed Sanders Theatre on Friday afternoon for a welcome address from University President Drew Faust. Faust shared her hope that every member of the junior class had experienced moments of affirmation and accomplishment during his or her time at Harvard “perhaps … while putting the finishing flourishes on a column for the Crimson or as the curtain parted on opening night of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ … while mentoring high school students in our community, or confronting an opponent on the playing field.”At the same time, Faust reiterated the challenge she leveled at students during Freshman Convocation in 2009. She asked parents if their children had expanded their definition of success enough to include some failure, and if their students had found the courage to take risks and try something new.President Drew Faust asked parents if their children had expanded their definition of success enough to include some failure, and if their students had found the courage to take risks and try something new, reiterating her challenge upon their arrival in 2009.“Have they seen a work of art or a play that has moved them, or have they moved others with a performance of their own?” she asked. “Have they learned to speak a new language, have they invented their own app? Have they taken a course that has no apparent connection to the life they hope to lead one day, a course that just sounds interesting? I hope your children … appreciate the merits of being out of their element.”Suzy Nelson, dean of student life, picked up on Faust’s call for undergraduates to broaden their horizons. Nelson highlighted the College’s co-curricular activities, calling them “the other classroom at Harvard,” and offered the stories of juniors Carolyn Chou, Suzanna Bobadilla, and Nevin Raj as examples of students who had taken advantage of these opportunities. Chou, the president of Phillips Brooks House Association, connects her academic work with service in Boston’s low-income communities. Bobadilla, an intern at the Women’s Center, collaborated on a history of the coeducational experience at Harvard’s Pforzheimer House. And Nevin is a drug and alcohol peer adviser and a peer advising fellow who works with freshmen.“Whether it is planning an event such as Yardfest [Harvard’s spring concert] or writing for the Crimson, or leading a team to victory, or managing the local homeless shelter,” Nelson said, “all of these initiatives are student driven. The ‘other classroom’ at Harvard is less structured, but no less influential in shaping students’ lives as they mature toward adulthood.”Parents packed Sanders Theatre during Junior Parents Weekend. Nearly 600 students and more than 1,500 guests attended two days of events.Adulthood — specifically the worlds of work and graduate school — were top of mind for families who attended “Excelling Beyond Harvard,” a panel hosted by the Office of Career Services in the Science Center. OCS Director Robin Mount and her colleagues stressed the wide range of options available to graduates of the College, from jobs and internships, to professional school, to international fellowships and travel. Peter and Mae Gonzales appreciated the OCS experts’ advice, particularly the suggestion that their son Andrew ’13 take some time off after college before going on to medical school.“We’re both physicians,” said Mae Gonzales. “We came from the old culture of going straight from college to medical school. But when you’re in medicine, that’s your life. It’s full of responsibilities that can’t build on your other interests. My son has a secondary concentration in East Asian studies. He’s thinking of taking a year and going to Asia.”The weekend also included lectures and presentations from some of Harvard’s brightest scholars and teachers. In a re-creation of his Harvard Thinks Big presentation “Speaking with the Dead,” Professor Stephen Greenblatt enthralled junior families with a discussion of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Greenblatt said that the play transformed English language by introducing new words and new uses of words like “fret,” “compulsive,” and “unnerved.” “Hamlet” ’s biggest impact on English culture, however, was the way that it transformed the relationship between the dead and the living in literature.“Hamlet undergoes this transformation,” Greenblatt said. “He hears his dead father. During the play he is convulsed by doubt. Then, finally, he speaks himself as a dead man at the end of the play. After ‘Hamlet,’ literature becomes more and more a story that’s told by the dead to the living.”Throughout the weekend, parents got a chance to experience or learn about virtually every facet of undergraduate life. Some attended performances by student groups like the Hasty Pudding Theatricals or the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Others rooted the Crimson on at a men’s lacrosse game or women’s water polo tournament. Many simply explored campus via a tour given by the Crimson Key Society or Widener Library. However they spent the weekend, most parents said that they appreciated the chance to see their son or daughter, and to spend a weekend listening and learning at Harvard.“I was impressed by the diversity of talent here,” said Kathy Carroll, on campus with her husband George to visit their daughter Ann ’13. “The professors that spoke, the artists, the dancers — it’s just awesome. We can see how fortunate Ann is to be exposed to all of this.”In a re-creation of his Harvard Thinks Big presentation “Speaking with the Dead,” Professor Stephen Greenblatt enthralled junior families with a discussion of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”last_img read more


Saving Our Snow: Champion Skier And Climate Change Activist Alison Gannett


first_img Unlike most professional athletes, Alison Gannett was an environmentalist before she became a world champion freeskier. Gannett has been researching global warming ever since she graduated from the University of Vermont with an environmental science degree 20 years ago. In the 90s she provided the action shots in Warren Miller films and won multiple World Cup Freeskiing Titles. She has since formed three nonprofits to fight climate change, including the Save Our Snow Foundation and the Office for Resource Efficiency, which offers free consultation for reducing carbon emissions in Colorado’s Gunnison Valley. A trainer for Al Gore’s Climate Project, Gannett also walks the talk. She lives in a straw bale house she built in Crested Butte, and on her Global Cooling tours, she drives around in the world’s first solar-powered SUV that gets over 100 miles per gallon.Has climate change accelerated faster than you anticipated?Every year the situation has become a little bit scarier. I call it global weirding, instead of global warming, because we really get such extremes. A common misconception is that we’re going to just get more floods or more droughts or less snow. The answer is we’re going to get it all. We’re going to have less precipitation when we need it and more when we don’t.How have you taken action?I’ve come up with a four-step framework to make solutions to climate change easier for people called C.R.O.P. It means calculating, reducing, and offsetting your carbon footprint, and producing your own power. It’s a simple framework that can be found on my website (alisongannett.com) that works on a personal level or on a larger scale for businesses or governments.How did you get into extreme free skiing?It was kind of by accident. I was skiing in Crested Butte on the Headwall when a Warren Miller crew saw me. They came up to me and said, “You should be in our movie. How’s next week?” I was a dedicated environmental scientist first. I never imagined I would be a professional extreme skier.With all of these projects, how do you balance your time?I do presentations for elementary schools and  governments of entire countries. But I also get in a good amount of skiing, yoga, and riding my bike to recharge my batteries.Next adventure?I have a big expedition planned in Greenland. There’s serious melting going on there—if half of Greenland melted, the sea level would rise 10 feet, putting the Southeast coast in serious jeopardy. I’m torn, because my traveling emits carbon. I have to balance my low-carbon lifestyle at home with my desire to get out and advocate for solutions to global warming.last_img read more


Hiking with Paul’s Boots


first_imgA big, laughter-loving Australian of 6 foot 3 inches, working as a telephone company draftsman by day, Paul Evans preferred to spend his downtime either leading a troop of Boy Scouts or exploring the outback. More than anything else, he delighted in nature. In fact, when his bride-to-be, M’Lynn Markel, left California in 1998, one of the first things the newlyweds did together was go camping. The decision was fortuitous: The couple fell in love with being outside together, and made a pact to hit the trail whenever possible.For about six years, Paul and M’Lynn spent the bulk of their weekends and vacations outdoors and, preferably, in the wilderness. Life was good. They were wildly happy. Then, like a freight-train, came the problems.First, Paul’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. With his father suffering from Alzheimer’s, 42-year-old Paul took on the role of caretaker. Four years later, his mother passed. Meanwhile, his father’s condition continued to worsen. The gaps between hiking trips grew and grew.20160708_084707_fixIn the interim, Paul’s health deteriorated. By the end of 2014, he’d suffered a series of heart attacks. The damage was so extensive, a walk down the block demanded numerous breaks. Hiking became out of the question.However, even as his body failed him, Paul began to pack for a trip he’d dreamed of completing but never gotten around to—a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Listening to the Dirtbag Diaries podcast series, he was thrilled with its tales of gritty thru-hikers weathering the elements and overcoming mental and physical obstacles to achieve their dream of finishing the trail. Inspired, he ordered guidebooks. Plotted routes. Packed his backpack. Organized gear. And, lastly, placed his hiking boots beside the door.Only, on July 23 of 2015, just two weeks before his 53rd birthday, Paul passed away.Shattered by the unexpected loss, raw with grief, M’Lynn wrote a letter to the producers of podcast, asking if they could help get her late-husband’s boots onto the A.T. The company said yes, and, after partnering with REI, did just that.From March to late-September of 2016, a group of 28 hikers banded together to carry three separate pairs of ‘Paul’s Boots’ along the entire length of the Appalachian Trail—over 6,600 miles, collectively. Known as Paul’s Protectors, participants ranged from age eight to 70, from newbies to last-shot veterans. Along the way, they recorded their experiences with GoPro cameras, posting reflections and photos to social media so that M’Lynn could follow along from home.What was it about the Paul’s Boots project that appealed to you and made you want to participate?Bonnie Elozory, age 50Protector through Shenandoah National ParkI’d dreamed of thru-hiking the A.T. all my life. When I turned 50, it hit me that I’d better do it now, because this old body was never going to be any more able than it was today. Knowing Paul missed his opportunity just slayed me. I was overcome with sadness. When I heard Paul’s story, I knew that if my daughters and I carried his boots, the act could give M’Lynn and his family the same kind of healing being on the trail gave us.Matt Maszczakl, age 40, REI employeeProtector from Sage’s Ravine in Massachusetts to New YorkWhen I heard Paul’s story, I could imagine myself in his boots. I turned 40 this year. I’m out of shape, and I’m always too busy to do what I really love. But I dream about it a lot. I make big plans, but don’t always follow through. I felt like I got Paul. I had to do this because, if I didn’t, nothing amazing would happen. If you want amazing, you gotta get off your ass and go get it. This was my chance to do that.What was it like actually carrying the boots?Alex Newlon, age 28An epileptic Thru-Hiking with Paul’s BootsThe boots are heavy—I mean, they’re a size 13! With no way for me to wear them along the trail, I hung them on the side of my pack. However, I did put them on and walk around in them when I was in town taking a zero day… And when I was on the trail, I thought about Paul all the time. I’d ask him what he’d like to do, what he’d liked to eat, or even which campsite he preferred. In that way, carrying the boots was like having a guardian angel, or a really great friend along for the ride.Brittany Leavitt, Smithsonian educatorProtector from Ashby Gap, VA. to Harper’s Ferry, W.VA.I was honored to be able to help someone accomplish a dream. Meanwhile, in doing so, the experience taught me what true love is really about. M’Lynn wanted to make sure Paul’s dream came true. It was amazing to see how many people came together from all over to make sure his boots made the full thru-hike. It just goes to show you how amazing the outdoor community truly is.Tricia Nesser, age 51, Physician’s AssistantProtector through the Presidential Peaks in the White MountainsTo be honest, I’m extremely scared of heights. Like, crazy scared. So whenever I was crossing water on planks, or climbing up and down ladders, I’d ask Paul to give me strength. Every time I asked, I’d feel this surge of courage, I’d keep going. Similarly, when the weather report was bad, or there was rain, it didn’t faze me—I knew Paul was watching over and protecting me. His presence was very tangible, very real. I knew he wanted me to succeed.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0371.Describe your best experience on the trail with Paul’s Boots?Newlon: Cowboy-camping on top of South Kinsman Mountain in New Hampshire, I had the opportunity to show Paul the Milky Way Galaxy. I’m not sure if he’d ever seen it before, but I know we had a great time together on top of that mountain. All alone in the middle of nowhere, staring up at the stars all night—it was the type of experience that can change you forever.Maszczak: My biggest revelation came on day three. I was exhausted, broken, empty—I had a moment where I just wanted to quit. Then, suddenly, the trail opened up, and the sun came out, and that special kind of natural magic that only a hiker knows, began to buzz all around me. That’s when I thanked Paul and M’Lynn for kicking me out the door. I knew I was right where I was supposed to be.Elozory: One day, we met a group of 10th graders out on a four-day hike. They were complaining about the hardships of hiking. The kids couldn’t believe that my daughters were hiking to honor a request from “some dude’s family [they] didn’t even know.” I told them that whatever dreams they have, they shouldn’t let them slip away. That time passes quickly. When we got home, I received a beautiful letter from those kids telling us the meeting had changed the whole feeling of the trip. The kids started to accept the conditions and find the beauty in what they were doing. Paul’s dream was fulfilled in an unexpectedly different way.Your worst experience?Newlon: There was one rough day along the trail when I was climbing up a mountain, beaten-down, just staring at my feet. Then Paul’s boots kicked me in my left arm. I looked up and saw a deer standing in the middle of the trail just staring at me. It was as if Paul was trying to show me something. He was telling me to pay more attention to the beauty of the world around me.Elozory: Near the end of our hike, the shelters and surrounding areas were too crowded to comfortably camp. Eventually, we decided we’d just hike out to Rockfish Gap. With the darkness and our tired legs, the hike seemed to go on and on. We ended up walking about 30 miles in total. At one point, exhausted and hungry, my daughter began to cry. She was totally spent. I was singing songs and telling stories in an attempt to cheer her up. She asked how I could continue to be so cheerful, and I told her it was because I was so happy to be alive, to be here with her and to be carrying Paul’s boots.photo-aug-24-9-17-23-am_fixWhat did you take away from the experience?Maszczak: When I signed up, I thought this would be a great way to honor someone. Now, I realize that it was so much more. The A.T. is like nowhere else in the world. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where I instantly felt like I belonged. When people heard what I was doing, they smiled and nodded. They weren’t surprised. It made sense. You know, the thing about this life, the normal one we all succumb to, it hardly ever makes any sense. But life on the trail? That life has meaning and honor, and it just makes sense in every single moment. And I learned that because of Paul.last_img read more




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